MLB Stock Down: New York Mets
It was a tough summer in New York for both baseball teams. The Yankees and Mets are both going to be watching the postseason from their couches, but in the Bronx, they rebounded and are going to finish September strong, while the Mets are in a tough situation after high expectations to begin the season.
Anything that could go wrong, did go wrong in Queens. At the trade deadline, the Mets traded pitchers Max Scherzer (Texas Rangers) and Justin Verlander (Astros) to signal waving the white flag. They also moved some depth pieces to get some assets in return.
Where they go from here this winter is going to be interesting. Reports have circulated that they could be looking to 2025 and if that’s the case, how much do they spend this winter and do they explore trading first baseman, Pete Alonso? Stranger things have happened.
It’s going to get interesting to see which direction they decide to go and the case can be made for a lot of teams to be in the same boat. However, entering the season with $364 million payroll and a fourth-place finish in the National League East is nothing something they envisioned. A manager change is likely coming too and it will say a lot about the direction they are heading in 2024.